Guide to St. Patrick’s Day @ Queen’s: Part 2 – Featured Events

Not everybody goes out and gets wasted on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here’s suggestions of what to do instead!

Not everybody goes out and gets wasted on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Why not change it up this year, and go to an event (or two!) you’re actually interested in!

Featured events list coming soon! Until then, check out our main calendar here!

Have you heard about the Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange?

Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is a free donations-based winter gear supply resource available to all members of the Queen’s community.

Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is a free donations-based winter gear supply resource available to all members of the Queen’s community.

The idea originated from a series of conversations Heather Poechman (ArtSci ’17, M.Phil ’18) had with international students about the difficulty adjusting to Canadian weather, “I wanted to find a way to help alleviate some of the additional costs associated with studying abroad in Canada, as well as find a sustainable way to support the Queen’s community at large.”

Students are able to borrow winter gear (coats, hats, mitts, scarves, etc.) and return them in good condition once the winter season has ended – freeing up storage space in suitcases and home closets while also allowing future Queen’s members to continue using the resource.

The Queen’s Winter Coat Exchange is open Monday to Friday, 8am to midnight in the Room of Requirement, Room 238 of the JDUC.

Where to Go in Kingston for New Year’s Eve!

A list of 12 ways you can spend New Year’s Eve in Kingston – featuring a masquerade, a mechanical bull, and a fireworks display! We’ve got it all! PLUS find out how you can win your way in to a special NYE lounge party in the heart of Kingston!

nye with Knuckel Hed

All Ages Events

Join the City’s New Year’s Eve celebration inside and outside of the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Skate to the DJ’s “coolest” rhythms or try a variety of all-ages’ activities in the concourse. At 9pm, head out to see the spectacular fireworks display in Confed Basin. Learn more!

Specials for kids and a kid-friendly movie played. 5pm and 7:15pm seatings available. Call 613-507-3663 for reservations. Learn more!

Discover the magic of this exceptional winter night walk experience! This is an outdoors event, so bundle up! Open 5pm-8:15pm. Book online!

All concerts at Musiikki Cafe are open to the public, all ages + licensed, and typically pay-what-you-can to the musicians. Learn more!

For more New Year’s Eve events, check out Tianna Edwards’ list on Visit Kingston’s blog!

19+ Only Events

Ring in the new year in style at Milestones’ beautiful lounge in the heart of downtown Kingston! $15 tickets include DJ, Raffle & Door Prizes, Complimentary Bubbly. Call 613-544-8338 to reserve your spot today! Learn more!

Jordy Jackson Band (live country music) starting at 10pm. $15 ticket available in-person at the Merchant, includes complimentary champagne. Call 613-547-1313 to book your table for dinner – spots are going quick. Learn more!

NYE with Tony Silvestri Band & Little BettyDinner & a show – $60 per person + tax and gratuity. Music only – $15 per person – music until 2am! Tickets are selling fast, especially for dinner. Call 613-766-8880

Come celebrate New Years Eve at The Mansion! Live Music all night from local favorites The Funky Monks, Dan Curtis Band, Project 29 and more! As well as comedy from comedian Al Babcock. Drink Specials and all that noise! RSVP on Facebook!

NYE Masquerade @ Ale House: The countdown is ON! The big house will be open and decorated to the nines for the event, so bring your friends, dress up … and help us test the theory that even with a mask on, the guy from A Cinderella Story should have been able to tell it was Hilary Duff. $15 Tickets available at or in house!

Join the Beers for Queers crew to ring in the New Year! No cover.

KnucKel Hed will be ringing at in our New Year’s Eve party. $20 Tickets available at the restaurant includes the band, champagne at midnight, a meal and prizes throughout the evening + the mechanical bull will be in full swing! Last time these guys were in it was a packed house. This WILL SELL OUT so don’t delay in getting your tix!

This year Tir nan ‘Og is hosting New Year’s with The Wilderness. 10pm Jonas Lewis-Anthony will be hitting the stage… 11pm The Wilderness plays and helps us ring in the New Year. No cover.

BONUS: Enter to WIN 2 tickets to NYE + $50 Amey’s Taxi

Want to have the night of your life with the VIP treatment? We’re excited to announce that you can win your way in to Milestones’ beautiful New Year’s Eve lounge party (19+) in the heart of downtown Kingston with QueensEvents! DJ, Raffle Prizes, and Sens tickets up for grabs! We’ll even throw in a $50 gift card to Amey’s Taxi! To enter the contest, comment on Instagram with who’d be your +1! Contest closes Saturday, Dec. 30 at 6pm EST, so don’t wait! 19+ only.

5 Reasons to Vote YES to on January 30-31!

1. Find out about EVERYTHING happening around campus!

We add new events every day – and we pull events from all departments. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship but you’re studying Art History, is the only website that shows you all the upcoming entrepreneurship events around campus – all in one place!

2. Discover new passions and hobbies

With weekly workshops, you’ll surely find one to inspire you or that spikes your interest. The events are organized into categories so it’s easy to find what you’re interested in. Categories include: concerts, 19+ socials, all ages socials, arts & theatre, educational, health & wellness, and sports.

3. Meet new people

By getting off your butt and going to events, you can meet people from different faculties who share similar interests. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your best friend or the love of your life! The only way to find out is to put yourself out there and go to events.

4. Get a weekly snapshot of what’s on This Week at Queen’s

We realize you might get overwhelmed by the 90+ events happening every week, so our team publishes a weekly list of recommendations, called This Week at Queen’s (or TWAQ).

  • We also have themed lists – best gift ideas, best date ideas, best things to do on a Tuesday… all mined from the collective brain power of upper years and alumni!
  • If you’re ever wondering where to go on a date, or which new restaurants you should try, is the place to go.

5. Get FREE promotion for your upcoming events!

If you’re trying to spread the word about an event you’ve been planning for months, look no further! You can add it to our website for instant advertising and promotion! Just go to to get started. Thanks to the $0.50 opt-out fee that covers our operational costs, it’s FREE to add your events!

Note: is an AMS-affiliated student-run service, run by a leadership team of 4 current students and 1 alumni mentor, with 200+ volunteer contributors. It is not the same as Queen’s Event Services, which is run by the University.

Join a Recreation Club at Queen’s

Do you love archery, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing/snowboarding, or climbing? At Queen’s, there’s a recreational club for each of those activities, and many more!

Meet other people who share your interests, or try something completely new – many clubs are open to beginners!

We’ve taken this list of recreational clubs direct from the Queen’s Athletics & Recreation website to make it more accessible to all Queen’s students. We’ve also added links to more info about each club!

Email the clubs you’re interested in to ask them about dates for tryouts, registration, or trial sessions.

  • aims to bring together and provide a space for those interested in archery
  • open to beginners and experienced archers.
  • provided with instruction and training in archery techniques
  • provided with equipment necessary for the sport. Participants can also use own equipment.
  • Club Email:
  • caters to players of all levels from first-timers to provincial/national level players.
  • Shuttles are supplied
  • limited number of racquets available to borrow.
  • meets 2x a week and 2 two annual tournaments
  • Badminton Team Challenge – players form teams of 10 (5 male/5 female) and compete with other teams within the club!
  • Club Email:
  • seeks to introduce people to this style of martial art, focused on grappling and ground work.
  • It can be done in either the traditional martial arts uniform (gi) or in regular gym clothes.
  • be introduced to a means of discipline, self-fulfillment, determination, and self-overcoming through this martial art.
  • goal is to increase overall fitness while helping each person develop individual sets of skills.
  • Club
  • teaches breakdancing and locking dance to anyone interested in learning.
  • People of all skill levels welcome.
  • Also focuses on spreading/educating Hip-hop culture to the community.
  • The performance crew (named KinetiQ Crew), partake in events both at Queen’s and in the community.
  • Club
  • regular clinics for all levels – beginner to advanced.
  • learn how to climb different kinds of terrain (indoor, and outdoor on actual rock and ice).
  • Outdoor trips are run most weekends with equipment provided for members.
  • Members can also borrow harnesses for free, and receive discounted admission to the Boiler Room climbing gym.
  • Club
  • consists of approximately 15 previously trained dancers the opportunities to perform at Queen’s events such as Basketball games.
  • They also compete alongside other Ontario universities in dance competitions.
  • Past technical training is required.
  • Auditions are held in September.
  • Club
  • offers English hunter-seat equitation lessons for all levels of riders – from beginner through advanced.
  • Each semester the club offers a new session or riding opportunities and lessons.
  • Each session includes 8 lessons offered 1x week for 1 hour.
  • Members also invited to ride competitively.
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  • Club E-mail:
  • provides ice time for figure skaters – students and Kingston Community to help offset club operating costs.
  • working towards being a SkateCanada sanctioned club.
  • Club
  • teaches students a wide variety of hip-hop styles with music and movement inspirations from across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
  • offers classes with unique choreography, taught to accommodate dancers of all levels and experience with 2 recitals each year.
  • focus on the personal growth of students.
  • offers freestyle sessions to encourage students to encourage expression through dance in their own style.
  • Website:
  • Club Email:
  • teaches the old military martial art from the Koguryo Kingdom of Ancient Korea.
  • focuses on the sword and open handed techniques of this martial art.
  • With focus on meditation, breathing and strength training, Haidong Gumdo can be used for basic fitness enhancement as well as self-defence.
  • Club Email:
  • goal is for participants to achieve a higher fitness level while gaining valuable self-defence skills.
  • Training is tailored to the individual ability of participants in a friendly atmosphere.
  • Participants will see improvements in endurance, strength, flexibility and speed as training progresses.
  • trains Wednesday nights from 7-9PM and Friday nights from 7-9PM.
  • Club
  • gives all Queen’s students a chance to explore the ever growing sport of lifeguarding.
  • build confidence in your skills , or compete
  • must already be NLS certified
  • Club Email:
  • one of the largest and most diverse clubs on campus.
  • Membership gives access to our rental gear – we have (almost) everything you’ll need for a trip!
  • overnight and day-trip activities include: fall and winter camping, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, cycling, skating, tobogganing – the list is endless!
  • also run whitewater kayak pool sessions.
  • Open to all skill levels.
  • Website:
  • Club Email:
  • Auditions are over for 2017-2018.
  • a competitive dance team that performs at a events on and off campus as well as competes at Cheer competitions in the Pom Dance division yearly.
  • enthusiastic, confident, and spirited students who promote healthy and active living and school spirit!
  • Club
  • caters to both beginner & intermediate runners who want to increase their distance, improve their time, and/or simply find some running buddies.
  • Club members can attend any or all of the scheduled group runs and work towards a goal race at the end of each term.
  • Club Email:
  • offers members three trips each academic year to ski the hills in Quebec and Vermont.
  • Regardless of skill level, this club offers wonderful weekend opportunities to get away and enjoy the slopes with your friends.
  • Trips include transportation, accommodation, and full weekend lift tickets.
  • Club Email:
  • Facebook Group:
  • offers an opportunity for squash enthusiasts of all skill and ability levels to participate in ongoing squash ladder tournaments, special events, block bookings and social functions.
  • If you are looking for people to play with, then this club is for you.
  • Equipment available to members.
  • Club
  • practices traditional Kang Duk Won style of this Korean Martial Art.
  • Members learn self discipline, self-defence, sparring, meditation and philosophy as well as enjoy physical fitness.
  • All are pursued at the members’ pace.
  • Website:
  • Club Email:
  • offers students and faculty members a number of yoga classes throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • Our classes are held on campus and in studios downtown, and include bikram, hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, and more.
  • Please note that once you register you will need to pick up a membership card before attending classes.
  • Information on card pickup can be found at
  • For attendance purposes, members will not be able to participate in any class without their membership card.
  • Club

Where to Buy Queen’s Merchandise

Find out where to buy official Queen’s University merchandise! Shop online and in-store for your favourite gear, or stock up on essentials for the start of the new school year! Includes where to buy rugby sweaters, toques, hoodies, backpacks, sweatpants, travel mugs, onesies, and more!

Tricolour Outlet

Tricolour Outlet is the home of student-designed clothing, accessories, and merchandise. It’s run by the AMS, and is located in the JDUC, just down the hall from the Queen’s Pub.

Hours of Operation: shop online 24/7

Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday: Closed

The Campus Bookstore

Students serving students, as a not-for-profit, since 1909. The Campus Bookstore and Fifth Field Company are located on the first floor and lower level of Clark Hall, in the centre of main campus (Clark Hall Pub, run by the engineers, is upstairs). Pro Tip: The Campus Bookstore often has surprise sales during the year that they announce on their Facebook page!

Hours of Operation: shop online 24/7

Monday-Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: Closed


The Q-shop is your one-stop-shop for all authentic Athletics & Recreation branded gear and memorabilia. Conveniently located just inside the entrance of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).

Hours of Operation: shop online 24/7

Fall/Winter Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Spring/Summer Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM – 3:00PM

The Q-Shop is also open for most home games in the ARC. Richardson Stadium also has a mini Q-Shop with selected items at every home football game.

Oil Thigh Designs

Run by the Commerce Society, Oil Thigh Designs is a student-run customized clothing and promotional products business, with 100% of profits to charity every year. The styles change year-to-year, but below is a preview of the most popular designs. Oil Thigh Designs (OTD) is located in the JDUC in the lower ceilidh, near the Campus Dentist.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 10:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Campus Equipment Outfitters

Established in 1988, CEO is a student-run service through the Engineering Society with three areas of focus – Queen’s Apparel, Custom Orders, and Queen’s Engineering Jackets. They provide affordable, quality merchandise to individuals and organizations. Located on the 2nd floor of Clark Hall, near the Clark Hall Pub.

Hours of Operation: shop online 24/7

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Wednesday: 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Thursday: 2.30PM – 4.30PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Queen’s Alumni Merchandise

The Alumni Store is maintained by the Department of Alumni Relations. Proceeds from the sale of Alumni Merchandise are used to support alumni programming on campus and around the world.

Hours of Operation: shop online 24/7

Honourable Mention: Blueprint

Blueprint is a locally-owned clothing store in downtown Kingston that is a must-stop for those who love the indie boutique experience. They often come to campus in the fall for a Pop-Up shop outside of Stauffer library, featuring unique accessories as well as Herschel backpacks and Queen’s toques!

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Wednesday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 11:30AM – 5:00PM

A Special Note on Queen’s Faculty Jackets

Since 1925, the Queen’s Jacket has been a symbol of tradition, more than just a fashion statement or a way to keep warm. Whether on campus, on the streets of Kingston, or around the world, the Queen’s Jackets communicate that you are part of the Queen’s community, regardless of your background, program and extracurricular interests. Learn more about the history of Queen’s Jackets here.

Each year has a crest, designed by a first-year student, which is affixed to each jacket. Stay tuned to our Twitter account to find out when designs are due (usually mid-September!)

In September, you’ll hear from your faculty about when Jacket Fittings will take place. Con-Ed, Computing, and PHEKIN are included in the ASUS jacket orders. While engineers can order their “Golden Party Armour” (GPA) through the Campus Equipment Outfitters.